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Mar 21, 2011 4:00pm EDT
shattered by a new round of gunfire that follows a weekend of u.s. led air strikes. president obama answering questions this afternoon for the first time since sending our fighter jets into action. >> the core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can't simply stand by with empty words. >> one of this weekend's bombings badly damaged president gadhafi's compound. pro-gadhafi forces opened fire on a crowd of rebels in mizratah today killing nine of them gaining control of that area seen as critical for gadhafi on a strategic level. what is happening in libya? the latest headline from the uprisingings throughout the middle east look like this away from libya. yemen also in crisis right now. the president is losing his grip on power. he dissolved his cabinet over the weekend but for the growing groups of protesters that's not enough. some of the members
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2011 4:00pm EDT
national security team. u.s. officials saying gadhafi forces have been weakened somewhat, but they point out even a strained libyan army. still holds a major advantage over a rag tag group of rebels. our own richard engel in the war zone showing us what these guys are truly up against. >> reporter: outgunned, rebels say they're killed whenever they approach gadhafi's forces. we have light weapons, he has tanks, complain one man. another rebel showed me he isn't actually armed at all. >> he handed me his gun. i didn't realize until he put it in my hands, the it's made of plastic. it's a toy. >> nearly a week into a mission, we promised we'd be counting in days. still waiting for a specific message from our commander in chief. here to help us sort out the latest as the news continues to spill around us, "time" magazine's deputy international editor bobby gosch. also with us from washington, mark ginsburg, former u.s. ambassador to morocco. mark, quickly, is there anyone who believes gadhafi will be gone in a matter of days? >> well, i think the secretary of defense, mr. gates implied in an
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2011 4:00pm EST
's mansion in this country in the u.s., house of representatives right now. a vote underway to avoid a partial shut down of the federal government when currently authorized money runs out on friday of this week. the senate expected to pass this extension bill after the house does. the extension trims a grand whopping massive total of $4 billion from the budget. you'll see how poultry that number is in a second. keeping the lights on for just another two weeks in the process, the republicans arguing 4 build is$4 billion is a down much larger cuts to come. >> if there had been a conversation about it this ten days ago or two days ago, we might have had something to talk about. but the fact is we were forced to move on our own. >> by threatening a government shutdown, unless we move forward with their two week proposal, you essentially are putting the american people hostage. you could do that only so many times. >> so they like to play with billions p. the united states, however, facing a $1600 billion deficit this year alone. divide the number four into 1650 a 00 and you'll see what w
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 4:00pm EDT
-government protests during the last few days, raising questions about why the u.s. entintervenes to s civilians in libya but not elsewhere. president obama trying to explain when america will act and when it won't. >> it's true that america cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. progress will be uneven. and change will come differently to different countries. the united states will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. only the people of the region can do that. but we can make a difference. >> a group that historically has catered to large institutions, governments and investors who have a keen interest in not necessarily a point of view but a keen interest in accurate information, specifically on the case of libya. how relevant is the fact that libya supplies 80% of its oil to western europe, the western european allies' interest in this conflict. >> extremely relevant. that's exactly why you see france and the u.k. in particular pushing for a more aggre
MSNBC
Mar 14, 2011 4:00pm EDT
protective shell upping fears over radiation leakage. the navy has repositioned u.s. ships away from that site after discovering low levels of radiation on 17 helicopter crew members, all have been treated and declared contamination free. we're breaking out our coverage into a couple of conversation. more on the search-and-rescue efforts but first i want to focus on another threat which is the nuclear one. joining us now two experts in nuclear matters, david albright, a former nuclear inspector with the institute for science and international security. also with us from washington, robert alvarez. he advises secretary of energy who is in charge of our nation's nuclear complex and david, what is the worst case scenario right now? >> it's very hard to know. of course you worry that if there's a lot of fuel melting and perhaps a very serious steam explosion, that can break containment and release significant fraction of their core containing radioactive material into the environment. so you worry about -- you still worry about a large scale accident. the japanese are -- i think are work
MSNBC
Mar 23, 2011 4:00pm EDT
escalates, they now have to turn their attention to what does what happened to the u.s./saudi arabian relationship in the context of the decision not to back mubarak and in a decision to back the rebels in libya, to what that implies for you. the u.s. relationship with the rebels that may emerge in saudi arabia? >> well, i think the u.s./saudi relationship right now is centered on what's happening in the persian gulf s. not so much about the north africa unrest, so in that situation here, we're looking at an iran that has a lot of levers at its disposal, a lot of covert efforts. again the u.s. strategic need to remove its forces from iraq. so you would suspect that there will be some quiet negotiations, or at least attempts at negotiations taking place right now. that is 9 saudi fear, that the u.s. will reach an accommodations with the iranians that would leave the saudis and the sunni arabs vulnerable. i think that may be what is producing some tension between the americans and the saudis right now, but overall this is a tense time. everyone is trying to manage things and contain ira
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 4:00pm EDT
and reassuring folks in the u.s. that they are safe. >> we are bringing all available resources to bear to closely monitor the situation and to protect american citizens who may be in harm's way. we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether it's the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> his comments coming amid raids of rising doubts about japan's ability to control this reactor and a potential full-on meltdown. the attempt to cool down the reactors by spreading them with water dropped out of helicopters apparently having little to no impact. restoring power to the plant not happening until tomorrow at the earliest, which would resurrect the water cooling systems. radiation levels at 300 feet above the plant measured today at nearly 9 r.e.m. by comparison, a chest c.t. scan has just about 0.7 r.e.m. you have to get up to 50 to 75 r.e.m. to get immediate symptoms like hair loss as a result of exposure. so, a lot of exposure, but not so much that you're seeing immediate effects or long-term effects obviously still to be dete
MSNBC
Mar 7, 2011 4:00pm EST
aren't talking about sending u.s. or may toe troops into libya. people are talking about things you can do from the outside to help protect these people who are being massacred by their total tearian crazy government. >> referred to the pottery store rule. if you break it, you buy it. at what point does that kick in. >> but we haven't broken it. that's the whole point. that's why libya is a a littlely different case from afghanistan or iraq. this is not something created by the outside. >> i would just say briefly you cannot take a military operation and say we're going to do it with a hand behind our back. obviously if this is in the national security interests or a moral imperative, you have to be prepared to deal with it. so i don't think the u.s. can go in halfway and i don't think we should go in at all. >> doesn't she hit a point which is there is an opportunity for america whether the military intervention occurs or not to be more aggressive in appearing to be on theç side of the people o want freedom, not just in libya, in saudi arabia. america bank rolls many dictators who pr
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 4:00pm EDT
. >> the president saying that u.s. ground force would not be part of that effort which apparently will be led by french and british soldiers. gadhafi's government has declared a cease-fire in an apparent bid to ward off strikes but that cease-fire apparently includes reports from rebels that they are still being shelved. two cities, including misrata reportedly still under attack. rebels in the eastern stronghold of benghazi are fortifying positions against a gadhafi attack and welcoming outside attack. >> gadhafi is not good. gadhaf is very, very dangerous. >> wait for france to bring battalion for the gadhafi forces and for us staying here we're waiting for our orders to move forward. >> course this action is in sharp contrast to the western response to events in yemen let alone u.s. supported dare i say it bank rolled allies like bahrain and saudi arabia who have been using our own weapons to crack down on their own people. their efforts met with stern words of warning from our country. joining us now lieutenant colonel tony shaf fer, former intelligence officer and with us from london phi
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 4:00pm EDT
in pushing back gadhafi forces but so far no concrete details on an end game as to u.s. or foreign involvement. in fact, we heard the pentagon just this afternoon doubling down on this mission. >> we're going to continue to pursue all actions necessary to make him comply with the security council resolution 1973. >> well first egypt, now libya, and it does not stop there know that. yemen, bahrain, syria. what remains a question is whether the u.s. support for the freedom fighters in one country will spread to the others? let's start things off with robert powell, middle east analyst. what's playing out in libya period? >> well, it's essentially a rag tag rebel army, tribal elements plus a regimeç that's been in place for who 26 years and now obviously western military forces have weighed in to deal with gadhafi and his behavior. >> is the end game a failed state, one new country out of benghazi and another new country out of tripoli? >> it's difficult given how the situation is to give an answer. given how weak the forces are, how ill-equipped, difficult to avoid the partition sc
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2011 4:00pm EDT
of what's going on in the u.s. is a reaction to you can go straight off, up 100% in two years, overdue for some sort of correction. we had a mild correction last year, 15%. i wouldn't be surprised if this is another 10% 20-to-15% correction, certainly viable but it's a matter of having a plan not letting your emotions get the best of you. and that goes in both directions. we had people today champing at the bit to jump in and buy and people panicking and wanting to sell, we tell people, take a deep breath, execute your plan, don't react emotionally. >> ralph, if you were to look at businesses most directly threatened, obviously the electronics business is large out of japan, the auto industry is large. how much of those two industries and any others are -- have c consequencele assets in japan? the best way to say it the high-tech industry and the automotive industry have broken their arm but it's not a cardiac arrest. they will heal. the plants have survived the tsunami and have survived the earthquake, they just can't get people in there to work and get the products out. businesses wi
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2011 4:00pm EDT
with a caveat. while nato will be in charge of enforcing the no-fly zone, it is the u.s. that will take the lead when it comes to the more difficult task of planning attacks on gadhafi's ground forces. even as the dictator promoted every soldier in his army today, the man leading the american mission is staying ca hard to make it hard for gadhafi and his troops to kill its own citizens and destroy property. but that is as i described yesterday, a delicate mission. >> nbc news chief news correspondent richard engel is in benghazi. what do we make of reports that gadhafi wants to meet with the opposition? >> we've heard many reports like that. we've also heard that gadhafi wants to send 2,000 people carrying olive branchs to benghazi, and one of the rebel opposition leaders said they're worried about this. they're worried it could be a trojan horse. they don't want these people to come into the city. they don't trust gadhafi at all to hold negotiations, they don't trust him to hold a cease-fire, and frankly don't want his representatives in benghazi or even close to where the rebels are. >> what a
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 4:00pm EST
this work as an international matter diplom diplomatically, if the u.s. was contemplating the actions you're talking about, doesn't this need to be seen as an international action? isn't that a u.s. objective here? >> clearly there's many differences within this 30-person national council, whether or not the united states should unilaterally intervene in libya, but nato is not going to be prepared to do so. but the brits, the italians and others, we have a lot of coordination with our allies, there are things that are doable that will happen outside the prying eyes of the media and the other nations. there's a lot of things that i said as a former diplomat in the region, i know where there's a will there's a way. >> what would you say to the american people who looking at the mid east now, we're bogged down in afghanistan, we have been bogged down for years in iraq, if the white house is contemplating action in libya now, how do you marshall public support? or do you just do the right thing and worry about bringing the public along later? >> there's means for providing covert means to sup
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2011 4:00pm EST
and income in the u.s. is much higher than it is in the rest of the world. do you acknowledge that? >> all i know is that average primary care physicians, general internists, family practitioners probably make around $165,000 a year and they work about 80 hours a week. now, if anybody begrudges that to physicians, then i'm telling you they're just flat wrong. we're not going to have any physicians like that great doctor in the emergency room in tucson that saved our colleague's life, because we're about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, and having the federal government literally take over the entire process. we're going to lose the best and brightest. >> congressman becerra, since i went back and forth so much, a last quick word on what you make of what congressman gingrey has said. >> matt, have you ever seen a politician that will point the finger at anyone but himself? there's a $32,000 refrigerator in a pentagon air force plane, or a plane where the pentagon has $32,000. i could buy thej a refrigerator for $2,000 and it would be great. the pentagon still hasn't gotten money ba
MSNBC
Mar 11, 2011 4:00pm EST
and surf rs. and off the u.s. mainland in hawaii, they have beared a brunt against some waves. this picture from an nbc news producer. for more on what happened overseas and the threat here in the u.s., i want to bring in dr. charles mcgaron. how much do we know? >> well, we know that this was a major event that took place in japan about 200 something miles off the coast. and i calculated out the energy and we're talking an event that is the equivalent of about 700,000 nuclear weapons going off at the same time. enormous devastation as a result. >> can you put that in the context of other quake sns. >> it's the fifth largest earthquake. the most intense ever recorded was a 9.5 in chile in 1960 or '61. after that, the earthquake in anchorage, alaska. an event in indonesia and another off kamchatka. >> there had be a long time in which pressure had been building up and this is the release. how many fault lines exist on this planet that have long duration periods without a quake like this that may be teeing up to release something like this? >> the old thinking on that was just that. that if i
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2011 4:00pm EDT
destroyed, and at the same time a world trying to respond. more than 100 countries, including the u.s., attempting to step up to the plate with both response teams, food, and cash. nbc's lee cowen has just made his way back to tokyo. lee, you have truly witnessed the extent of this devastation close up. are there words to describe what you have seen in the past 24 hours? >> reporter: in a word, no, there aren't really. to make matters worse, if it can get any worse, over the last two days, temperatures have dipped well below freezing and it's been snowing hard in those affected areas, so all these people who are not only for the rescuers hoping against hope to find anybody, but -- now they have to contend with the weather as well. we made it to a town, which is a town of about 18,000 people, where they suspect at least half the population is missing or gone. it was a fishing town that had about a half hour warning to get out of the way of the tsunami, but for the city's main hospital there, that wasn't anywhere near enough time. take a look. the water took everything, this nurse told
MSNBC
Mar 28, 2011 4:00pm EDT
this advance even is. the air strikes now being transferred from u.s. to nato control. pentagon officials about to brief reporters on how long the handover will take and what exactly that actually means. the central question being addressed by the president this evening at 7:30 eastern time. richard engel live in a rebel stronghold in benghazi. richard, what's the mood? >> reporter: the mood here is very optimistic. people think that they have the momentum. there was a victory parade in benghazi overnight. rumors that sirte had fall ton the rebels pand this city exploded. there was gunfire almost all night. tank celebratory fire, which i had never heard before. and the mood here is electric. but i don't think it's fair to say they've fought their way to the doorsteps of sirte. it's quite clear the air strikes by the western powers really paved the way. this was a quick drive to sirte. and it is only now that they've arrived on the outskirts of sirte. sirte being gadhafi's hometown and stronghold. >> what should we be watching for here in the states the next 48 hours? >> reporter: if they can ge
MSNBC
Mar 31, 2011 4:00pm EDT
and the u.s. energy policy stuck in the middle. our alternatives are abundant but the incentives are not. >> energy right now is still relatively cheap for americans. >> but this is more than about saving money or going green. >> at what point will we be honest about the fact that there are risks to creating energy, period, and burning it off randomly is a stupid thing to do? >> and it's about national security. >> obviously the situation in the middle east implicates our energy security. >> steel on wheels, moving the energy debate into the fast lane with ideas to power this country into the future and cross one of those trillion dollar problems off the list in the process. after all our travels across america, the final steel on wheels starts right now. >>> good afternoon to you live from the campus of oklahoma state university. nice to see you. the sun is shiepining and we'vet a great group gathered, including our town hall tonight on campus and streaming live around the world on a battery of websites. we'll get to that later. but first we begin with a bit more sobering news for alrea
MSNBC
Mar 10, 2011 4:00pm EST
, u.s. officials now backing away from a no fly zone as a gadhafi scores victory after the rebels. >>> meanwhile, paris and the french military talk about enacting a no fly zone. interesting turnabouts. we are back after that. [ female announcer ] experience dual-action power, with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. >> it brings your best minds and their brightest ideas together. it helps the largest of companies seize opportunity like the smallest of startups. it's the network-- the intelligent, secure cisco network that lets your employees, partners, suppliers and customers innovate and share so you can unleash the power of your most valuable asset: your people. my doctor said most calcium supplements... aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's different -- it's calcium citrate, so it can be absorbed with or without food. also available in small, easy-to-
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 4:00pm EST
we have become is not just in the u.s., but in europe and? japan, so it's the entire developed world. we're coming to the end of governments' ability to borrow money. we're not at the end, we can see the end. what that means is governments all over the world, and the people -- the populations are faced with two choices. they can either choose to dive with the deficits and/or they can keep printing until they run into the wall, a la greece. in the u.s., or problem is our national conversation will have to be about medicare. we can handle social security and the other issues, play around the edges, but at the end of the day, the conversation is how much medicare do we have and how do we pay for it? we have to get the fiscal deficit below nominal gdp. if we keep running at the levels we are today, we hit the wall, we become greece. >> let's accept the problem. we owe trillions, we've taken all the private risk, moved it to the government, it's a math equation that can't possibly be solved. >> that's not true. >> go ahead. how do you solve it? >> we can solve it. >> you can't introduce a
MSNBC
Mar 30, 2011 4:00pm EDT
of their equipment dates back to world war ii. are you ruling out u.s. military hardware assistance in. >> i'm ruling it out, but also not ruling it in. we're still making an assessment, partly about what gadhafi's forces will be doing. >>> reuters reporting that the president has signed a secret order -- how secret it is, i don't know -- authorizing covert support for libyan rebels. what exactly that means, your guess is as good as mine. maybe weapons, maybe training, maybe both. no confirmation as yet from msnbc. first after, am i too cynical in saying, listen, our first interest in the middle east is energy, the reasons the western europeans are so loud is because they get a lot of oil from libya. >> i think that's too cynical. joe pretend to know the full answer, but i think obama will be judged ultimately on whether gadhafi is gone when the dust clears. anything we have to do quietly or publicly will redowned to his benefit. >> are we escalating a war here? >> the white house hasn't actually gone that far. they keep adding to the buy-in every time they get pushed on whether we're willing to comm
MSNBC
Mar 4, 2011 4:00pm EST
. you've got the u.s. chamber of commerce, big business is onboard. labor is supporting this. it seems like the kind of creative thinking that would accelerate spending that the people are talking about doing anyway. what's stopping this from going forward? >> well, we're going to have to get a reauthorization bill for transportation that expands the current program which is a transportation loan program. expand it dramatically from the $122 million they spend a year to up to $1 billion a year that would allow us to incentivize the localities to invest in their own infrastructure job, infrastructure projects and create jobs now. there's bipartisan support for the general idea of expanding this loan program. it would also be enhanced with a transportation bond program that doesn't have as broad support yet but both those ideas are ideas that have been percolating and have support among both democrats and republicans. >> and it also seems like, you know, while the numbers sound large, they're pretty small compared to a $3.7 trillion budget when you think about the job impact. let's shift
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